Hooray!!! I have an all new DIY Dope Hair to share, and this time around… I am ALL about the Up do!!!!! The weather is super weird here in Brooklyn: One day it’s raining, on another day it’s hot, and the day after that is freezing cold. Poor Ms. Mooch is going through the motions so I thought a nice protective style will keep her happy until my next wash day.
Man, are there A LOT of up do tutorials on YouTube!! I feel like I’ve gone through them all, some good… some bad. In most of the videos I watched, everyone gave MsVaughnTV a shout out for being their inspiration. With that sort of glowing recommendation, of course I went right to the source!!
When I reviewed her tutorial to see if it was something I could recreate, I found myself bowled over by how effortless she makes this style look. I was MORE than a bit intimidated, but I was also curious to see if I could recreate her look faithfully!
My hair is a bit longer than Vaughn’s is, but I was confident that it would not that great of an obstacle for me. I rolled up my sleeves and headed back to my official DIY Dope Hair Laboratory (aka my bathroom), with my faithful assistant who assists with absolutely NOTHING (… but cuteness)… Kajol Kitty right behind me to get started.
I’ve been taking advantage of having my DIY Hair Oil again, so my hair was already pretty moisturized. My hair had been braided up for about a week, and I had loosened my hair the day before to prep for this up do by adding the oil to my hair and scalp. Miss Mooch was SUPER happy to be out and about after being cooped up in braids for so long!
I started by lightly spritzing my edges with water (I added a few drops of my DIY Hair oil (From Naptural85’s recipe) to the water for extra moisturizing) making sure that the entire hair-line and my hair was lightly coated with the water/oil mixture.
Side Note: Something is ALWAYS happening to the spray bottles I buy. I once had the bottle accidentally stepped on, so I now recycle old spray bottles to use instead. I recommend using a hair sheen spray bottle, because the remnants of oil in the bottle can’t help but make the water more moisturizing!
Once my hair was dampened (but not drenched), I gently brushed around the edges of my hair with this bootleg Denman brush I found at my local beauty supply store for $4. I was freaking out a bit as I started brushing because I was afraid that a brush this cheap would damage my hair, but it surprisingly handled my hair like a pro!
Vaughn used shea butter to slick her hair back as she began to create her bun. I opted to use Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sugar Pomade because it was what I had handy, and because it happens to be my favorite moisturizing pomade for my hair.
Once the pomade was liberally distributed to my hair, I broke out my new Evolve Smooth & Style Styling Brush (#575) to get my edges sleek and smooth.
Gathering my hair as high on my crown as I could, I created my ponytail, using my Goody Ouchless Extra Thick Elastic. I prefer them because they easily hold my hair in place without damaging it.
Once my hair was secured in place, I apply some of my Eco Styler Gel to my edges and gently brushed it smooth, ensuring that my bun would be sleek… and on fleek!
I then wrapped my hair with my scarf (I’m kind of envious of Vaughn’s VERY CUTE Coach scarf!) and kept my hair in the scarf for about 20-30 minutes… I will mention that I was watching music videos and I might have gone over… but I FINALLY saw the music video for Hotline Bling and was mesmerized by all the neon lights (not to mention Drake’s Dad-dancing!). LOL
Once I returned to THE LAB, I removed the scarf and was ready to recreate this STYLISH up do! I’ve used Jamaican Braiding Hair (Or Marley Hair) before, and I found that the texture didn’t match my hair well, so I opted instead to use the Janet Collection Havana Twist Braiding Hair instead, which is my go to hair for adding a little something-something to Miss Mooch.
I started by separating the Havana Twist Braiding hair into two sections. At this point, I was a bit worried that I might not be able to pull this off because the hair I was using wasn’t as ample as Vaughn’s. I had more Havana Twist Hair, but it was a different color and I didn’t want to mix the two. So I kept my fingers crossed that it would turn out alright.
My worries were immediately put to rest when I starting wrapping, because the section of hair added a good amount of volume to my bun. Once my own hair is concealed by the braiding hair, I grab a few Goody Styling Essentials Bobby Pins to secure the hair into place.
Now I could have easily stopped here, as I think my bun looks pretty cute like this. But Vaughn had one more step that really elevates this look 1000%, I admit, so I kept going.
I pin the second piece of hair to the back of my bun, starting by pinning one end, and then the other end. This resulted in a semi circle of hair draped around my neck.
Once both ends are secured into my bun, I then loop this hair (Vaughn calls them “Figure 8’s) two times in the front of my do’.
This created a gorgeous pompadour effect, that then I pin to my bun to secure. I use this opportunity to also tuck and secure (with bobby pins) any loose hair to complete the look.
Vaughn then grabbed her brush to get her baby hairs on point. I’ve never been a baby hair kind of girl, so using a little gel, I gently brushed my edges to make sure they stay sleek.
With everything done, I am quite happy with the way my up do turned out. I think the next time I try this, I will use two packs of hair for a bigger effect, but I really love my hair like this. It got rave reviews from the familia, which is always a good thing because they keep it 100% when it comes to my hair looking janky! LOL
Soo now that I’ve followed the steps of the tutorial, and you all have seen the results of my effort…. How do YOU think I rated this video?!?
Truthfully what made me rate this Medium, instead of Easy was the Figure 8 part. I watched Vaughn do it multiple times, but when the time came to recreate the step, my brain and hands were not communicating with each other effectively. It took at least four tries! But I will definitely try this style again and plan on incorporating it into my winter protective style arsenal.